Charlie Mitchell

Charlie Mitchell

Grand Gulf a ‘catastrophe’ that became an asset

For many years during its construction in the 1970s, the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, nestled by the Mississippi River in Claiborne County, was referred to as ‘Grand Goof.’ Now, the first and only plant of its type in Mississippi, has been cleared to keep juicing nearly 20 percent of the state’s demand for another two decades.

Charlie Mitchell

Barbour sees media trends as fuel for polarization

News consumers now feast at a self-selected 24-hour buffet. Conservatives flock to conservative media and liberals flock to liberal media. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the quest to attract and retain an audience has pushed people and the press to the poles of political identity.

Charlie Mitchell

After ITT collapse, for-profit ‘colleges’ finally get attention

The U.S. Department of Education has taken a step toward crimping the abuses too many students and all taxpayers have faced at the hands of “colleges” where the priority is profit. With more than half of ITT Technical Institute’s students’ loans in default, the Department of Education pulled the plug on ITT’s eligibility to receive student-aid money through grant and loan programs. The facts behind the ‘corporatizing’ of higher education are revealing.

Charlie Mitchell

Importing college students also a growth industry in Mississippi

In Mississippi, there are 16,000 nonresident college students, according to the Institutions of Higher Learning System Profile. The average add-on for nonresidents attending Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Jackson State, Alcorn State or the University of Southern Mississippi is very close to $10,000 year. That’s essentially $160 million in ‘found money.’

Charlie Mitchell

National parks are a freebie for Mississippi economy

Millions visit National Park Service properties in Mississippi each year, bringing an economic boost — and jobs — to the state. User fees, legions of volunteers and volunteer donations have kept the NPS going in an era of increasingly lean federal allocations. Not a nickel comes from the state budget.

Charlie Mitchell

Doctors’ advice: It’s time to opt in to Medicaid expansion

Mississippi should listen to the Mississippi State Medical Association, which recently said the state should drop its rejection to expand Medicaid. The expansion Congress approved as part of the Affordable Care Act is intended to help working people. Gov. Phil Bryant still says no, arguing that the expansion would bankrupt the state.

Charlie Mitchell

Candidates, media team up to panic voters

Electing our nation’s president should not be taken lightly. But remember: Presidential power is limited, branches of government are almost equal and big media will do anything to attract and hold an audience. Even scare them out of their wits.

Videos

Fireworks, lights and water make a Merry Christmas

Christmas on the Bayou celebrates holiday season in Gulfport.
Tim Isbell Sun Herald
Fireworks, lights and water make a Merry Christmas 1:13

Fireworks, lights and water make a Merry Christmas

'No fire, no disaster is going to stop the work of God' 1:34

'No fire, no disaster is going to stop the work of God'

Why did the crawfish cross the (really bad) roads? 0:58

Why did the crawfish cross the (really bad) roads?

“The geese were so thick on Goose Point…you could spit and hit the geese.” 1:49

“The geese were so thick on Goose Point…you could spit and hit the geese.”